Letters to my Daughters

Letters to my Daughters In this courageous memoir Fawzia Koofi Afghanistan s most popular female politician gives us her first hand account of Afghan history through the rule of the Mujahedeen and Taliban her experiences

  • Title: Letters to my Daughters
  • Author: Fawzia Koofi
  • ISBN: 9781553658764
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this courageous memoir, Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan s most popular female politician, gives us her first hand account of Afghan history through the rule of the Mujahedeen and Taliban, her experiences of the Afghanistan War, and the effects of these events on the lives of women in Afghanistan In writing Letters to My Daughters, Fawziahas created a fresh take on Afghan socIn this courageous memoir, Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan s most popular female politician, gives us her first hand account of Afghan history through the rule of the Mujahedeen and Taliban, her experiences of the Afghanistan War, and the effects of these events on the lives of women in Afghanistan In writing Letters to My Daughters, Fawziahas created a fresh take on Afghan society and Islam, and a gripping account of a life lived under the most harrowing of circumstances Fawziais the nineteenth child of twenty three in a family with seven wives Her father was an incorruptible politician strongly attached to Afghan tradition When he was murdered by the Mujahedeen, Fawziais illiterate mother escaped with her children and decided to send the ten year old Fawziato school As the civil war raged, Fawziadodged bullets and snipers to attend class, determined to be the first person in her family to receive an education Fawziawent on to marry a man she loved, and they had two cherished daughters, Shohra and Shaharzad Sadly, the arrival of the Taliban spelled an end to Fawzia s freedom Outraged and deeply saddened by the injustice she saw around her, and by the tainting of her Islamic faith, she discovered politics for herself, following in her father s footsteps Tragically, this choice has lead to security threats to her life by Islamic extremists Thus, Letters to My Daughtersis not only a record of her life, but also acts as a literal letter through which Fawzia can pass on her wisdom about justice and dignity to her daughters, not knowing for how long she will survive such attacks.

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    1. This review and more can be found on my blogI finished reading this book (Letters to my Daughters: A Memoir) by Fawzia Koofi about a week ago and it absolutely blew me away. I think I can honestly say that it changed my life. It’s such a heart wrenching story about a woman who grew up in Afghanistan. She has seen and been through so much in her life that it put my life in perspective. She was born in 1975, so she’s only 8 years older than me, but I can’t even imagine living her life. I don [...]

    2. This is a marvelous book which will hopefully be published in the US soon. It is a powerful account of the life of a woman born in 1975 in Afghanistan combined with an easy-to-digest political history of Afghanistan. Koofi, a present member of the Afghan parliament, is considering running for president of Afghanistan and her hope is that her "children's children will grow up free in a proud, successful, Islamic republic that has taken its rightful place in the developed world." This book is a wo [...]

    3. A flawed but interesting story. She has a fascinating tale to tell, I just wish she was more skilled at telling it. This memoir manages to simultaneously suffer from being overly pedantically factual and from being factually-challenged/inadequately edited.I can understand why a memoir might suffer from (and perhaps even be enhanced by) the fog of memory, and if she would just admit as much it would be fine with me. But no, she chooses to adopt a dry retelling, while contradicting herself right a [...]

    4. I was so riveted with Koofi's book that I simultaneously wanted to devour the whole book at once and slam it down on the table in front of me. There were many points in her memoir where she recounted very infuriating moments in her life (thus, wanting to throw the book down), but I wanted so desperately to learn of how she succeeded in becoming a member of parliament that I couldn't stop reading.It's a beautiful book, and she is a very wise woman. Koofi has lived through so much and promoted so [...]

    5. I have read other books about Afghanistan, but never cease to be amazed by what the resilient people of this country have been through. In this book dedicated to her beloved daughters, Fawzia Koofi, one of Afghanistan's first female members of parliament, and first female deputy speaker, details her dramatic and difficult life. She describes life as an unwanted girl in a large polygamist family, and the turbulence she lived through as her country went through the Soviet occupation, civil war, an [...]

    6. I am very sorry to see that a woman who belong to a band of brutal warlords in Afghanistan, can fool Americans by "writing" a book. Mrs. Kofi is a doll in the hands of a fundamentalist band of warlords called "Jamiaat-e-Islami Afghanistan" (Islamic Society of Afghanistan) led by a dreaded man called Burhanuddin Rabbani who is accused of many war crimes and brutalities during civil war.She only exposes the Taliban, but supports the US occupation and the warlords.I have doubt if she has really wri [...]

    7. This inspiring story gives a personal, first-hand perspective of the troubling years of Afghanistan's war with Russia, subsequent civil war, and then the Taliban years. Fawzia Koofi, now one of the most popular female politicians, expects daily that this day may be her last as she advocates for women, education, and freedom from poverty in a land where violence towards women has been commonplace. While some reviewers complained of lack of editing, I think the prose is more real and raw. It was l [...]

    8. My paradigm was shifted a few remarkable inches by Koofi's story. And she appears in other stories about womens' lives in Afghanistan as well (sorry can't remember which ones at the moment). Koofi's perspective is probably unique in this world. Koofi was raised in a traditional tribal household where women are considered to have little value but her life path is anything but traditional and as a result, she can reflect on the traditional world that forms her roots while embracing a very nontradi [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I favour non fiction stories, especially those that deal with the human condition. I was fascinated as Fawzia took me on my own private tour of her life as an Afghan woman. She shares how life changed so drastically under the Taliban rule - especially for women, and how she felt her country being dragged back to the dark ages. Regardless of how you feel about her politics or perspectives, you can't help but admire her ability to dream and then courage to pursue a [...]

    10. This is really an eye-opening story For me it was extremely educating, I have to say that I personally had no clue about life or the people of Afganistan and had the completely a wrong idea. I am a mexican and was surprised at how much Afganistan and Mexico are alike In their corrupt government, poverty, security issues And how my feelings towards my country are so much like those of Fawzia Koofi even though we live so differently and have different religious views. I definitely recommend this b [...]

    11. I was given this book. Before reading it, I didn't know much about (or have much interest in) Afghanistan. But I was still completely absorbed by Koofi's inspiring story. She went through so much hardship - even if sometimes I wanted to yell at her (view spoiler)[(WHY wouldn't you go to Pakistan during the Taliban regime, where it was safe and your husband wouldn't have been thrown in prison for 3 months and gotten tuberculosis?)(hide spoiler)] - to be come incredibly, trail-blazingly successful [...]

    12. An amazing and inspiring story of a strong and courageous woman. My hope is that Fawzia Koofi does as she has stated she will - run against Karzai in Afghanistan's next presidential election. My greater hope, that she does not lose her life at the hands of assassins because she speaks openly for the rights of women.

    13. What an enjoyable read! Heartfelt, touching and informative. Fawzia is truly the epitome of a 'strong woman'. Totally recommend this book to anyone who would like some insight into a woman growing up and living in Afghanistan before and after the Taliban came to power.

    14. Such an amazing woman! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her life and her struggles in Afghanistan. So inspiring that after all the obstructions to women's equality and safety that she has endured and witnessed that she has such a strong love for her country.

    15. Excellent read!! What a woman, what a life!! Strongly recommend!! I saw her on the the John Stewart showd I was so surprised to see John Stewart did not make fun of her, but I saw his respect for herat left me wanting to know more about Fawzia Koofi.

    16. A great and easy read. Gives a good insight in the damage the Taliban has done in Afghanistan and that this is not the kind of islam most afghans follow, and what this woman, women in general can do to help Afghanistan.

    17. This is a truly honest and delicate account of a very intense and complex story. I learned so much about the Islam and about Afghanistan through this book - but also about being a mother, loving your country, enjoying your family and never giving up.

    18. This is a beautifully written story from a mother to her daughters, it was an eyeopener from someone who lives in the western world and is not from a war torn country. Very warm and heartfelt and I learned an awful lot of the mindset of Afgani women

    19. A great read, very inspirational and gives a whole different perspective on what's been going on in Afghanistan.

    20. Eu li este livro traduzido em português. Nunca eu tinha aprendido tanto a ler um livro como aprendi com este! Uma história de coragem que merece que todos o leiam!

    21. Wow!! Powerful! Incredible life journey and her willingness and commitment to try to improve the lives of Afghanistan women and men.

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